NIH researchers have found viruses that cause severe stomach illness—including the one infamous for widespread outbreaks on cruise ships—get transmitted among humans through membrane-cloaked “virus clusters” that exacerbate the spread and severity of disease.
BY EMILY PETRUS, NINDS, AND LAURA STEPHENSON CARTER, OD
The United States is facing a double crisis: opioid addiction and unrelieved pain. An estimated two million Americans are addicted to opioids; overdose fatality rates rose more than 20 percent in the past two years. Some 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain and lack effective non-opioid treatments to manage that pain.
Seek and Ye Shall Find: Collaborative Science at the NIH
BY MICHAEL M. GOTTESMAN, DDIR
I feel very strongly about the importance of collaboration, not only because of my personal scientific interactions, but also because I have seen time and again difficult problems solved when appropriate collaborators are sought and found.
Most of the NIH institutes and centers (ICs) are supporting or doing pain research. Following is a sampling intramural pain research being conducted at four ICs: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH); National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); and National Institute on Nursing Research (NINR).
There’s a lot of talk these days about labs “going green” in an effort to reduce their environmental footprint and promote sustainable laboratory practices. But what does “going green” mean exactly, and how do you go about it?
Who would have thought that a mere $50 grant could launch a career in medical research? But that’s exactly what happened in 1954 when Harvard Medical School gave a $50 grant to Thomas Waldmannwho went on to have distinguished career at NIH.
Read about NIH advances: Discovery of virus clusters; how coronaviruses evolve to infect different species; why wounds heal faster in the mouth than on the skin; predictor for immunotherapy response in melanoma; diagnosing gestational diabetes earlier; drug therapy restores hearing in mice; and more.
Among the many exhibits about NIH history on campus, is a new one on Michael Potter and Christian Boehmer Anfinsen (in the Clinical Center) and new installment of neuroanatomy drawings by Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Porter Neuroscience Center).
Science is continuously becoming more interdisciplinary and we are expected to obtain and retain both depth and breadth in our respective areas of expertise. One easy way to lessen the challenge is to participate in in one or more of NIH’s Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs).
NEWS FROM AND ABOUT THE NIH SCIENTIFIC INTEREST GROUPS
The PAIN Scientific Interest Group provides a forum where researchers from different backgrounds can openly exchange their ideas and perspectives as well as discuss the latest technical approaches for the study of pain.